The new Koenigsegg Gemera - made in Trollhättan?

This year's Geneva Motor Show was eagerly awaited. Koenigsegg, the Swedish rumored chefs said, would introduce the car that they wanted to build in the former Saab plant. The entry-level model of the brand known for high-priced super sports cars. The data scattered in advance was surprisingly precise. Three electric motors and a combustion engine, 1700 HP system performance. That is true. Nevertheless, the premiere, which was published on the Internet after the event in Geneva was canceled, was a real surprise.

The new Koenigsegg Gemera
The new Koenigsegg Gemera. Image: Koenigsegg

Anyone who expected a vehicle in the previous Koenigsegg style had to look twice. With the new Gemera, the brand enters the GT class. Space for 4 people and a lot of luggage. Trunks in the rear and at the front - plus a very attractively drawn body. Not very polarizing for Koenigsegg conditions and almost socially compatible. Another surprise is the drive.

FreeValve engine in Gemera

For the first time, Koenigsegg is using a FreeValve engine in one of his sports cars. A three-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2 liters and a twin-turbocharger works in the rear. It produces 600 hp and 600 Nm. FreeValve engines do not have a camshaft, the valves can be controlled individually. Compared to conventional motors, they are more compact and weigh less. The consumption advantage is said to be 15-20%. The drive developed by the Koenigsegg subsidiary FreeValve is designed for the use of synthetic fuels. During the presentation Christian von Koenigsegg speaks of a sonorous sound of the engine with its large-volume cylinders. The Akrapovic exhaust system will also ensure this.

Three electric motors complete the package. One at the front - two at the rear. The provisional system performance is given as 1.734 HP and 3.500 Newton meters. Purely electrically, the Gemera can drive 16.6 kilometers with its 50 KW battery. In hybrid mode, it should have a range of 950 kilometers. Koenigsegg therefore speaks during the presentation of a range of more than 1.000 kilometers, with a fuel reserve of 75 liters and a charged battery.

Koenigsegg Gemera 2022 from Trollhättan

The positioning is clear. A battery-electric vehicle would have been too difficult for the manufacturer from Ängelholm. The hybrid solution with an innovative combustion engine is seen as the better package. The preliminary data underline this. 1.880 kilograms of weight in an almost 5 meter long Gran Turismo speak for intelligent vehicle construction. It should not be forgotten that both four-wheel drive and all-wheel steering are on board the Gemera. The Gemera accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 1.9 seconds. The top speed of around 400 kilometers per hour will satisfy all Koenigsegg fans who are used to performance.

After the Geneva Motor Show was canceled due to the rapidly spreading corona viruses in Europe, Koenigsegg, like other manufacturers, moved the presentation to the Internet. Presentation on the web is probably the future, and major auto shows are a thing of the past. The disadvantage, however, is that you cannot follow up in person and questions remain open. There was no mention of when the Gemera would go into series production. 300 pieces are to be built, a very high volume for Koenigsegg. All of the above data are preliminary, and there are many indications of an early stage of development. Our information speaks of the start in 2022, the production site in Trollhättan is considered likely because the capacities in Ängelholm are insufficient.

In the end, there is still the question of the price. Here, too, Koenigsegg is still silent and stimulates some imaginations from the entry-level model. Money is one thing, and entry-level prices are relative. In Sweden there are reports of 1,3 million in euros to be transferred. Plus VAT, of course.

19 thoughts on "The new Koenigsegg Gemera - made in Trollhättan?"

  • Little anecdote

    I read today that changing the VW W16 oil takes 27 hours and costs € 21.000 ...

    This is probably a globally valid Bugatti package. One should not forget that Hypercars do not go to service, but let their staff come.

    It's just flown in ...

    If you then look at the annual mileage of such cars, you would actually have to state their CO2 emissions per kilometer in kilograms or even tons. In any case, the gram as a unit has had its day and the consumption values ​​are irrelevant.

    All hypercars, however, are free of fools. They dive into collections and are unable to prove whether they are good for 50.000 km at all ...

  • Vehicles like the Gemera live a maximum of 5 cars in air-conditioned garages or collections. The mileage per year will be homeopathic, neglecting the carbon footprint. The Gemera is a high-performance technology carrier that should show what is possible.

    Perhaps some of the Gemera will be included in the NEVS series at a later date. We will see.

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  • I think I once read that Koenigsegg doesn't like it when you call your vehicles with partially electric drives hybrid.

    Can you understand somehow, because the electric motors are part of the Koenigsegg Direct Drives KDD. This is characterized by the fact that no manual gearbox or any other gearbox with changeable gear ratio is installed.
    The transmission ratio of the drive train is then designed so that the combustion engine runs at maximum speed at maximum speed and the torque at low speeds then comes from the electric motors.

    So it's actually another type of powertrain that may have got its plug-in capability mainly because it helps with marketing.
    Then why was the new powertrain introduced at all? Probably because the weight is not significantly higher than that of a classic drive train, but the torque is.

    In fact, it's a hybrid, of course, but more for accelerating than saving. But he can do that a bit too, because recuperation or energy recovery is possible.

    Koenigsegg probably has the aspiration to build the best hyper or mega car, but not the best car per se. The latter can only fail anyway ...

  • How to deal with innovations in Germany can be seen very well in dealing with the German manufacturers of solar and wind systems. German engineering is ironed out by bureaucrats and "environmentalists". What also fits well with this topic is the planned end of street scooters. Under https://app.handelsblatt.com/meinung/gastbeitraege/gastkommentar-das-ende-von-streetscooter-ist-ein-armutszeugnis-fuer-deutschland/25599856.html says the founder Günther Schuh.
    And what does the "big" Mr. Duderhöffer say: "" Streetscooter has always been a house of cards that has now collapsed, "said Ferdinand Dudenhöffer to the" Business Insider ". “The technology of the vehicles was simple and simple. The market price was far too high for that. It is therefore not surprising that in the end they were only commissioned by the post office. ”
    So much for openness to different solutions in D. Freely according to “Mutti” Merkel: The battery-electric drive has no alternative! 🙁

  • @ Roland,

    hopefully the Gemera and its innovations will never hide behind a fig leaf or even in a pile of leaves.

    VW builds 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder (Bugatti) cars, and Mr. Musk is known to smoke one joint after another and laugh at night while children elsewhere are laboriously scraping his huge batteries from unsecured tunnels and land and water for a few cents / h poison.

    Please let the world know that and how it can be done differently.

    Of course, we all would have preferred to see this implemented in a Saab suitable for everyday use and supported by pure reason.

    So it's a shame that Koenigsegg Saab could neither take over nor save. But at least there are automotive innovations from Sweden. That's something, I think ...

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  • @ Roland
    I do not understand the whole excitement. There are maybe 300 specimens that you probably don't see on public roads. It is a technology carrier. How often do you see an i8 on the road, which represents only 10% of this super sports car in terms of performance and price? The world certainly won't perish on these cars.

    But think about how much KM a portion of North Sea crabs has on the clock until it is on your plate. They are taken from the North Sea coast to Morocco by truck to be rewound, and since they really only last for THREE days, they come back as hazardous chemical waste. Just a very small example of daily madness ... Neither Greta nor the so-called environmentalists talk about it because it doesn't fit into the (business) concept. It is better to talk people into a guilty conscience so that they are supposed to buy environmentally friendly new goods.

  • A hybrid for 400 km / h, what nonsense. If you are permanently on the way beyond 300 km / h, the tank should be empty after an hour at the latest. But interesting what effort the manufacturer makes to make a car that is not environmentally friendly per se somehow “green” and contemporary. The engine technology would have done well in a 9-5 and would certainly have been a competitive advantage. But here it is nothing more than a fig leaf. At least the number of pieces is limited.

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  • Thumbs up! Such a small company succeeds in installing large diesel technology in a small gasoline engine and thus placing a REAL innovation! 15% would also be an enormous saving potential.
    Great concept and luck for Trollhättan.

  • I'm certainly not in danger of becoming a buyer of a “GEMERA”…, but the bird's-eye view could possibly make me weak: I see a lot of SAAB Aero X study! Pilots wanted ... Great class!
    I'll probably never get to see from the car ..., these parts are probably under lock and key. Or???

  • Very interesting! Now I want the FreeValve engine in an affordable NEVS car. Then the world would almost be perfect again.

  • @ Ulrich,

    you have my thumb (high). But I also find it fascinating how (technically) reasonable unreasonableness can be. Koenigsegg dispenses with pretty much everything that one could accuse conventional and electric cars from other manufacturers ...

    Hardly any cylinders (only 3 of them), hardly any displacement, almost no battery capacity (rare and so far not recyclable earths) and a completely normal tank ...

    Fascinating what comes out in terms of driving performance, range and consumption values, although the use of resources is strictly limited.

    Imagine what a sensible hybrid could look like that consistently implements suggestions from this technology provider. Unthinkable.

    To me, the Gemera is also a clear exclamation point. Political operations and its transmission are not suitable for issuing technical regulations and have no technical directional competence. At the same time, you take advantage of one and go as far as to set research, technology, business and science framework conditions that you can and must often equate to a blockade. It is disastrous and presumptuous.

    It is also bad that this “directional competence” is acquired in negotiations with lobbyists. This means that innovative approaches from relatively small companies hardly stand a chance. This is also a reason why the production of solar systems was left to China in D and E85 was given no chance.

    You will see how it goes on. More openness to a wide variety of solutions would be nice, but is not in sight ...

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  • Technically, that sounds very interesting and promising, it would also be very enjoyable for Trollhättan to be able to build something like this, even if the quantities are very small. At a factory tour I would be there if possible.

  • Innovations also made in Trollhättan.
    I think that's a little good for the Saab soul.
    NEVS can learn a lot from Königsegg.

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  • Well, then we'll just buy a Gemera from Königsegg, if there aren't any Saab's anymore.
    With this we can then go from one light signal to another at 80/120 km / h speed limit in Switzerland at least in 1,9 seconds. One more reason to leave free driving on motorways in Germany, otherwise you could not let off steam anywhere else with the 1734 HP ... unless our pass roads are unsafe uphill with it ...
    But with all due respect for the technical masterpiece, a big dose of unreasonableness was the inspiration.

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  • Great part

    Now please another hybrid, which is a Swedish competitor to the Tesla S in terms of price and quantities ...

    Then I rethink my position per speed limit again.

    Finally a technical innovation in the combustion engine sector. Too bad that it is (still?) So exclusive ...

  • The car really surprised me. The technical side alone sounds very exciting.

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